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Jim (James S.) Thiel, Chief Legal Counsel, State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation to Speak at KCís False Claims Act: Enforcement and Compliance Issues Explored

New York, NY, December 22, 2012 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today Jim (James S.) Thiel, Chief Legal Counsel, State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation that will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “False Claims Act: Enforcement and Compliance Issues Explored.” This event is scheduled for March 13, 2013 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm (ET).

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About Jim Thiel

Jim (James S.) Thiel is Chief Legal Counsel of the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Mr. Thiel has over 39 years experience as General Counsel for WisDOT dealing with all highway, airport, port, rail, transit, state patrol, motor vehicle and driver licensing issues. He currently Chairs the Legal Affairs Committee of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials [AASHTO] and has been appointed the 2012-2015 Chair of the Legal Resources Group of the National Academies Transportation Research Board [TRB]. He also served as Chair of the Transportation Legal Research Project Panel for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program [NCHRP]. He has written extensively and presented on the Federal False Claim Act and State False Claims Acts. Jim received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Event Synopsis:

Since January 2009, the Department of Justice has pulled in more than $13 billion in False Claims Act recoveries and there is no indication the Department will slow enforcement actions any time soon. In recent remarks, Tony West, the acting associate attorney general of the DOJ, told reporters that "the False Claims Act is, quite simply, the most powerful tool that we have to deter and redress fraud.” In 2013, we can likely expect new and expanded DOJ enforcement actions seeking stiff penalties and possible suspension and debarments for firms doing business with the federal government. It is essential for companies to not only understand the False Claims Act, but to be current on the latest enforcement and compliance trends and developments to avoid potential pitfalls and mitigate risk.

A panel of distinguished thought leaders and key experts assembled by The Knowledge Group will chair an interactive webcast, addressing the most significant enforcement and compliance issues, including:

- Overview of the False Claims Act
- Regulatory Updates and Enforcement Developments
- Key Takeaways from Related Cases
- Identify Risks for Potential FCA Violations
- Develop a Robust Compliance Program
- And so much more!

Join them for this two-hour live webcast and get a chance to ask the speakers your questions, live!

About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Congress was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register to an event, please visit:
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